Gifford Foundation: Community Grantmaking

The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation (The Gifford Foundation)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $30,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Madison County, Onondaga County, Oswego County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Madison County, Onondaga County, Oswego County

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About this funder:



Note: Organizations seeking grants or wishing to explore possible projects should register through our online grants management system and submit a Letter of Inquiry, after which they will be contacted by program staff. Proposals are only invited and follow an intake with a program staff member.

Our Vision

As an independent private foundation with a visionary board, the Gifford Foundation is uniquely positioned as an innovating presence in Central New York. Through our initiatives, grantmaking and community engagement we direct our support in an intentionally transformative and flexible manner. It is our fundamental belief that change at the individual or organizational level holds the potential to institute change at broader community levels.

Our Mission

The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation (The Gifford Foundation) is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central New York.

Gifford Foundation Grantmaking

Through our grantmaking the Gifford Foundation aspires to develop communities and organizations by supporting and expanding their vision for the future, providing them with resources and tools to achieve their vision and insure their access and inclusion in discussions concerning the community. The Foundation funds agencies within our three county (Onondaga, Madison & Oswego) investment area. 

Community Grantmaking Program

Community Grantmaking is our way to have reactive grant funds available for nonprofit organizations. Instead of having an open application and grant deadlines, we emphasize a personal approach, where we discuss with organizations their potential project or program before deciding on next steps.

A primary goal of this conversation is to also understand each organization’s total capacity. We believe that organizations do their best work, and serve community members in the most effective way, when they are strong and durable. The Foundation continues its commitment to capacity building and community growth by focusing on grants that fall into the following four areas of focus:

  • Projects that allow organizations to become more efficient. This may include improved technology, staff development, software, energy/environmental changes, exploration of strategic partnerships, capital, etc. 
  • Projects that work to develop new programs or strengthen current programs that align with community needs, as well as projects that seek to provide opportunities for organizations to build on community plans or aspirations. This may include assessments and evaluations of existing programs, community convenings, collaborations, arts and cultural events and new programs that evolve from community or organizational planning activities.
  • Projects that engage and develop board capacity. This may include board training, retreats, conferences, consulting assistance, etc.
  • Projects that diversify revenue streams. This may include business planning, collaborations, development of fee for service or other fundraising avenues, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible organizations have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal agent with such status and operate primarily in Onondaga, Madison and/or Oswego Counties.
  • Our grants must be paid to a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit (including churches) or to a public entity, such as a town, public school, or state agency. All others will need to use a fiscal sponsor.